MBA Team Heads to Final Round of Aspen Institute Case Competition

in Case Competition, Graduate Students, News, Students
April 4th, 2014

Four MBA students from Boston University School of Management will compete in the third and final round of the Aspen Institute’s 2014 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. One of only five finalist teams to advance, Ji Chong (MBA’14), David Cushman (MBA’14), Chris Kluesener (MBA’14), and Jonathan Sobin (MBA’14) head to New York today, Friday, April 4, to present their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges, including senior corporate executives, in the fifth annual global competition.

“Being among the top five teams selected is a great honor for us and speaks to the strength of BU’s MBA program, which has given us the tools needed to compete at this level,” says Cushman. “Competitions are a worthwhile experience as part of an MBA as they allow you to apply what you’ve learned and explore current business challenges faced by real companies.”

The subject of the case, which centers on marketing strategy and social impact, involves a Mexican grain-processing company that hopes to scale its operation in order to raise the standard of living in its rural town, and improve health issues in its native country.

While the judges deliberate on the team’s written submission and PowerPoint presentation, the students will meet corporate, philanthropic, academic, and other friends of the Aspen Institute over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The competition’s prize pool is $35,000, unmatched in the MBA case competition circuit, with the first place team receiving $15,000 as well as $1,000 to donate to a charity of its choice.

“If we won the competition we would likely choose a charity that has a sustainability-focused mission and a history of successfully realizing that mission, such as the Environmental Defense Fund,” says Cushman.

Founded in 2009, the competition was born from a desire to design a best-in-class incentive program that encourages future business leaders to unite corporate profitability with social, environmental, and ethical awareness—three issues at the heart of business growth in the 21st century. The competition focuses on the positive impact a well-managed business can have in society, allowing students from 25 business programs worldwide to reflect on this significant influence.

The School of Management is one of those select programs, demonstrating its fervent mission to become of one of the world’s elite business schools. Celebrating 100 years of educating bold leaders in all management disciplines, SMG continues to foster innovation across the MBA program, launching an enhanced curriculum in fall 2013. The new curriculum offers deeper disciplinary learning opportunities in the transformative forces shaping our rapidly changing global economy.

The Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit founded in 1950 and based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to fostering values-based leadership and providing a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

Learn more about the the Aspen Institute’s 2014 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition here.